Friday, October 09, 2009
President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize
US reaction to Obama's win of Nobel Peace Prize
By The Associated Press (AP)
October 9, 2009
"Let me be clear: I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments, but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations. To be honest, I do not feel that I deserve to be in the company of so many of the transformative figures who've been honored by this prize." — Obama.
"The president has consistently shown that he is committed to reaching out to other nations and positioning America to once again be the global leader for peace and prosperity. This is a great honor for our country and reminds us all of the promise our nation holds." — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.
"...This was not an award for him. It was an award for America and its values, and it really is a tribute to our country and what we stand for." — Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
"The Nobel Committee's decision to award this year's Peace Prize to President Obama is an affirmation of the fact that the United States has returned to its long-standing role as a world leader." — Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Democratic National Committee chairman."
"He has changed the tone of U.S. foreign policy by making it clear to the world that we are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe, and he has reshaped the global focus and debate." — Former Sen. Sam Nunn, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative."